The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Dr. Karen Austrian

Population Council
Karen Austrian, PhD, MPH, leads Population Council projects designed to empower girls in east and southern Africa. She develops, implements, and evaluates programs that build girls’ protective assets, such as financial literacy, social safety nets and access to education. Dr. Austrian is currently the principal investigator of two large, longitudinal, randomized trials
evaluating the impact of multi-sectoral programs for adolescent girls.
Dr. Austrian has provided technical assistance on girls’ programs and policies to the World Bank, DFID, the Girl Hub, the Nike Foundation, and international, national, and community organizations. She speaks English and Swahili and is based in the Council’s Nairobi office.